Technology has changed are the lifestyle for sure. And it breaks my heart when I see how some of our lifestyle habits changing when they shouldn’t. We have started to prefer smartphones over our good old books. With the introduction of book readers, we decided that we have no room space to keep our cherished book collection. Though Kindle solves the problem of room space but it does not give the same experience. The fragment of old books or the crispiness of new books, physical book reading has it the own unique experience that digital readers can not give. My mother was an avid reader and luckily, I inherited that habit from her. I still prefer physical books over digital books. And believe me, while all the classic books and best-sellers are turning into movies, the movies do not capture the same essence. Reading books will open up your doors to imagination and you will etch out characters that will Oscar for sure. These are some books to read before turning 25.
I share my 7 all-time favorite books to read before turning 25. And if you are older than 25, then you can still enjoy these books.
#1 The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Most of you might be aware of this name and it might even remind you of Emma Watson with her pixie cut. But this book has to be read to be understood. Following the life of Charlie as he goes from being unpopular to being surrounded by the people he never thought he would be. Perks of being a Wallflower was written in 1999 but surprisingly even as the years changed the book is still so relatable.
#2 Looking for Alaska – John Green
The Fault in Our Stars (TFIOS) isn’t the only book for which John Green is famous for. Looking for Alaska was released before TFIOS and is one of the most beautiful books written by John Green. The book has the popular quote but one of the more popular ones is I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. The book is about Miles and his connection with Alaska Young a beautiful yet mysterious girl. It might sound like any other romantic novel but it is everything that you won’t expect. John Green works are definitely some books to read before turning 25 to have a wider and practical approach to life.
#3 Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
This book follows the life of an escaped Australian convict in India and how he discovers the meaning of love and life. Capture the true essence of India through this book.
#4 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Pulitzer prize winner, this book is recommended reading. The book is about racial injustice African Americans faced in Southern States of United States. Atticus Finch is a successful lawyer who takes the case of Black man who is convicted of rape. The story is narrated by Atticus’s daughter.
#5 Book Thief – Markus Zusak
For 220 weeks, this book was listed as a bestseller and is not an ordinary book. The story is narrated by Death itself as he describes the life during the World War 2. He describes both the beauty and destruction of that period but the most beautiful part is the story of 9 years old Liesel who befriends a Jewish man, her foster family decide to protect in a Nazi tormented Germany, who teaches her how to read and write and how she sets out to steal books because of her hunger for knowledge.
#6 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
This book follows a beautiful friendship between Amir and his servant’s son, Hassan. Hassan always accompanies Amir in the annual kite flying completion and fetches kites for him as Amir cuts them. They share a beautiful friendship regardless of where they both come from but a twist of events causes Hassan to stray away from Amir. This book will bring tears in your eyes as you will realize how advanced and flourishing Afghanistan once was. How years of invasion ruined this country.
#7 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
A French Children’s Novel which has been translated the most till date. Even though this is a children’s book, the hidden meaning can be related to any generation. This book follows the adventures of a young prince who falls on Earth during his travel to various asteroids. It follows his observations and how he views things on the planet. This book will make you wear your thinking hat for sure.
These were some of my favorites as well the books to read before turning 25.